If you can’t do it with feeling, don’t do it at all. That’s the takeaway from this week’s The Bold Type.
All three of our leading ladies showed raw feeling, emotion, and vulnerability this week, which only added to their likeability. The series may have been appealing because of the women’s magazine industry angle but viewers will stick around for the ambitious and sassy women who don’t take “no” for an answer. They’re curious, they’re invincible and they’re bold – a fair representation of what the “woke generation,” as Jacqueline calls it, and the Scarlet readers, see themselves as.
Sutton, Jane and Kat’s determination to reach their dreams and succeed even put to bed my concerns about how unrealistic key moments in the series are. When Jaqueline informed Jane that she would be included on a “young influential political writers” panel after just ONE article about a congresswoman’s fashion, I scoffed. “Are they kidding me?” I mumbled at the TV while sipping on some pineapple tea.
They were kidding me, for the record. They knew how ridiculous it was but they were trying to get a point across to millenials that I believe often goes unsaid – you don’t always have to be an expert to score a seat at the table. Is it realistic in the competitive fashion and magazine world in New York? Highly unlikely but for a naive millenial who still wants to believe at times that the world isn’t inherinetly bad and opportunities will come your way if you project the right vibes, it did the trick. Sometimes, you’d like to believe that if you work hard and put your best foot forward, you’ll be rewarded over the person who maybe has more experience but less heart.
Jane, who finally achieved orgasm greatness, twice, goes from feeling super confident, to owning her political piece, to freaking out about the fact that her boss and someone from the board will be in the audience, to feeling down in the dumps for not being as assertive as she should have been to FINALLY realizing that aside from all the political mumbo jumbo, she said what people wanted to hear – people want to be heard. If the magazine’s political future really was in her hands, I think she did it justice.
As did Kat, unknowingly of course. While Jane assertiveness was gaining her recognition in the industry, Kat was struggling with finding her voice. Like mentioned above, people want to be heard but what happens when no one wants to listen? Adena reached out to Kat in hopes of scoring a letter of recommendation to get her visa renewed while Kat hoped to score in a different way, still trying to deconstruct her feelings for the self-described “Muslim lesbian.” I call Adena that not only because that’s what she referred to herself as in the show but because it’s an important description for this episode. Kat takes advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with Adena, getting to know her on a deeper level, connecting with her and completely unplugging from the noise of social media. The good times are cut short when Adena is attacked by a man on the street who tells her to “speak English” and calls her “towel head.” Unfamiliar with that level of hatred, Kat knows she must do something and reacts by punching him and getting arrested.
Mother Hen aka Jacqueline is on hand to bail her out and is impressed with Kat’s passion for “wanting to do something” and “fighting for what’s right.” But knowing that you can be right and still wrong is a hard lesson for Kat to learn and she isn’t happy with Adena for ditching her before the cops showed up. Despite being a woman of color, Kat’s grown up privileged and with freedoms that don’t apply to a “Muslim lesbian.” After Jacqueline explains to Kat that getting involved in an assault case would have been grounds for Adena’s deportation she feels terrible and apologizes by telling her the how she really feels – “I like you a lot.” I’d say Adena had enough of Kat squirming her way through the confession because she cut her off with a kiss. Lesson #2 – sometimes, you can say a lot more with fewer words. #Kadena shippers everywhere are jumping for joy right now.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline, the woman of limited words, is inspired to ignore what the “board” says and starts up a political vertical anyway. She sees these women who are passionate, involved and want to be heard and knows that the political angle won’t isolate readers, it will give them exactly what they want – a platform to share their fears, concerns, and dreams of the world, relationships and themselves. After all, Scarlet’s are ambitious and opinionated AF.
Speaking of ambitious, Sutton spends the whole episode, lying, sulking and then kicking ass – in that order. When Oliver informs her that she’s being considered for the assistant’s job, he seemingly gloats about hiring someone with FIT experience. The Fashion Institute of Technology, if you weren’t looped in. The only problem? Lauren recommended two assistants and the one that went to FIT and he mistook Sutton for the other girl, whom she apparently gloated about. Thanks a lot Lauren. She flips back and forth between telling the truth and taking advantage of the situation and eventually settles the latter. She’s exposed when Richard decides to be the subtle, but proud, boyfriend by putting in a good word for her with Oliver to make up for the “lack of fashion school experience.”
She alternates between telling the truth and taking advantage of the situation and eventually settles for the latter. The truth eventually gets out when Richard decides to be the subtle yet proud boyfriend and puts in a good word for her with Oliver hoping his recommendation would make up for the “lack of fashion school experience.”
Oliver confronts her and she fesses up to the lie but it’s too late – she’s already burned her one and only bridge. No boss is ever going to hire a liar. Fibbing about knowing Photoshop is one thing – what? we all did it – but exaggeration your education is a big no no. Sutton realizes that she can’t just let her DREAM job pass her by because she didn’t follow her gut so she gets down to it and creates the baddest, most authentic mood board Oliver has ever seen.
When he told her that he wanted the board to make him “feel something,” he had NO IDEA that she was going to dig right under his fur coat and designer frames to reveal a small town boy from Oklahoma who also had absolutely no experience with the fashion industry prior to his position. Coming clean and stepping up proves to him that she’ll go above and beyond for him and the position, which eventually lands her the gig. Lesson #3, which is very similar to #1, sometimes, you just need to want something bad enough and not let the limited experience stop you from pursuing it.
The episode came full circle with the ladies starting on a high note, crashing and burning in the fashion closet and redeeming themselves as I’m sure they will time and time again. The Bold Type is proof that millenials have to constantly fight for what they want while putting aside the need to constantly give into the pressures of society.
As for Jane, she came a few more times. We know because the walls are paper thin, remember? Also – why don’t they just have sex at his place? It seems like he lives alone so there’s really no need to come crashing through the door every time Sutton’s on the couch just trying to zen out.
While we’re on the topic of sex, I’d like to add that I love how the show normalizes sex, something that’s often taboo and censored. This isn’t HBO so we can’t get too graphic but it’s nice to know that there are writers out who acknowledge that women like sex; that they’re empowered by it.
Thoughts? Do you think the series is too optimistic or is it the kind of inspiration that millenials – who are trying to make it in a cutthroat industry – need during such trying times?
The Bold Type – Breaking Through the Noise (3×10)
Scarlet and the women of Scarlet made some pretty bold moves on the season 3 finale of The Bold Type.
I know, it seems like the series just premiered and with the blink of an eye, it’s ending.
Please, take comfort in the fact that they will do this again in 2020. And yes, I know that sounds like it’s an eternity away.
But for now, let’s address tonight’s bold choices.
Jane, Jaqueline, and Scarlet received much praise from their Pamela Dolan expose, but the controversial photographer wasn’t pleased in the slightest and lashed out online by calling them all “fake feminists.”
This resonated with Jane who questioned whether or not Dolan’s response to their piece had some merit.
The Bold Type excels because when it allows characters to question their own moral standards and realize that they aren’t flawless.
Much like in real life, there is always room for improvement and our ladies, along with the company, are a masterpiece in the making
We only grow when we’re examining ourselves and learning from it.
During Sutton’s fashion show, Jacqueline was stunned to learn that the magazine uses 14-year-olds and portrays them as women thus giving readers a skewed perception of reality which forces them to live up to unattainable expectations.
She’s worked at Scarlet for how long and she’s just finding this out? Alright.
Still, it struck a chord and overnight, Jacqueline overhauled the whole Fall Issue leaving the employees with just 17 hours to redo the missing pages.
The ask was nothing short of a miracle, but they did it.
The staff of Scarlet produced a magazine that would set the trends, become a bible for every woke woman and possibly cost them all their jobs.
The morning after the publication went to print, Kat, Sutton and Jane walked into the office to find the once sacred space was being cleared out.
To make matters worse, Jacqueline was nowhere in sight,
In retrospect, Jacqueline was acting as if her time at Scarlet was limited.
There were moments along the way that alluded to Scarlet not always being around as their safe haven. Does this mean the Fashion Closet — which has seen its fair share of secrets, laughs, ugly cries, and angry stomps — is gone for good?
Jacqueline’s “it’s my magazine until it’s not” comment was also telling; it’s as if she knew that doing the right thing, following her gut and being a bit controversial would cost her the gig.
But does it matter? Yes and no.
If it’s what needs to be done to invoke change in an industry that tends to gloss over certain realities to sell an image, then it doesn’t matter.
However, if we’re talking about the futures of all of Jacqueline’s employees, well, it definitely does.
I can’t help but think that Patrick possibly played a role in Jacqueline’s demise though he did seem to get on-board with running a cohesive print and digital platform.
What does all of this mean for Scarlet? I guess we’ll find out in 2020.
Kat, Jane and Sutton were also going through their own relationship woes.
After losing the election, Kat found herself a little lost in her professional life and torn over her romantic relationships.
Her campaign manager and current fling, Tia, and her ex-girlfriend who she still harbors feelings for, Adena, both wanted to be with her.
As she struggled to transition back into her life at Scarlet — makeup seemed so irrelevant after promising to fight abortion bills and for LGBTQ rights — she decides to distract herself by hooking up with Adena.
It was obvious that Tia wasn’t going to hold a spot in Kat’s life for much longer now that the election was over and politics weren’t keeping them together.
However, I was impressed with Kat’s realization that she achieved something great despite the loss and that in order to fully take advantage of it, she had to stop distracting herself with relationships.
Kat choosing herself was a classic “Bold Type” move. It may have been predictable, but it gave her back her power.
Also a “Bold Type” move? Adena accepting a job as the in-house photographer at Scarlet to make things especially awkward.
Clearly, the endgame is to bring Adena and Kat back together, but only after they’ve bettered themselves.
Jane was devastated by Pinstripe’s decision to cheat.
In her own words: “a pinstripe never changes his pinstripes.”
But it does seem like Ryan has changed his pinstripes.
Look, cheating is terrible no matter how you slice it, but the moment Ryan even locked lips with another person, he took the next train to see Jane and told her about it.
If Ryan was still the womanizing sleaze-ball she made him out to be he’d probably keep this a secret from her and continue kissing plenty of people on his book tour.
It’s a good thing Jane has best friends who remind her that it’s okay to let go of your conventional beliefs in order to make a decision that works best for you.
I love that she stood her ground and didn’t allow herself to be swayed by a man groveling at her feet, but at the same time, it would be stupid to call things off just when it wasn’t the smartest decision.
Jane’s smarts don’t always serve her.
Jane forgave Ryan, which is awesome, but I could have done without his cheezy rom-com proclamation at her panel.
It was awkward and kind of made it seem like he didn’t take her job seriously, which took away from the good intentions.
We’ll see if Jane can truly get over Ryan’s cheating and trust him again.
Sutton won the girlfriend of the year award after she encouraged Richard to follow his dreams even if they took him all the way to San Francisco.
Things may have been working out perfectly for Sutton and Richard this season but having her support Richard despite knowing that it will put so much distance between them says a lot about who she is as a person.
While the storyline worked, it also didn’t push any boundaries — it was expected. We expected Sutton to push Richard towards attempting a new career since he did the same to her when she tried her hand at being a designer.
I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing less of Richard because if so, I do not support this new job situation at all.
It’ll be interesting to see if their relationship survives long distance. And where will Sutton live? Will she move back in with Jane?
However, given that Richard was still with Scarlet the night the Fall Issue launched, I have to wonder if he knew something about what was going to happen and purposefully not tell Sutton?
After all, he is on the Board of Directors which is seemingly who got rid of Jacqueline after not approving her creative direction for the magazine.
- Is anyone else kind of sad that Kat isn’t going to be working in politics? I felt just as disappointed as she did. We went through all this campaigning only to have her lose by a marginal 319 votes! At least she was still able to work with the women she met during her campaign and still found a way to give them a platform.
- Alex and Angie are hooking up. I guess they needed to give Alex something to work with.
- Sutton’s decision to not pursue a design career felt right. She’s a brilliant stylist and it would suck to see her part ways with Oliver.
- Also, I may not be a fashion guru but what the hell was up with her designs? She used real women because she wanted to appeal to the masses, but women do not wear clothing like that!
What did you think of The Bold Type finale?
The Bold Type – Revival (3×08)
Adena’s back and that doesn’t bode well for Kat’s new relationship with her campaign manager, Tia.
The writers seem to thrive off of ruining all of Kat’s promising relationships.
Breaking up Kat and Adena last season was unnecessary as the reason behind the break-up is still unclear.
And bringing her back simply to throw a wrench in Kat’s current relationship is deeply frustrating.
Tia’s a great girl and someone Kat could have a real relationship with.
Tia was hesitant about entering in a same-sex relationship but decided to take a chance because she fell for Kat.
Admittedly, she fell very quickly and things progressed faster than I imagined, but having Kat dump Tia for Adena would be cruel.
It’s even worse that Kat is second-guessing and withholding those feelings from Tia who never asked to be a part of this mess.
The girls were wrong when they said Adena is “Kat’s Richard.”
Sutton and Richard broke up because of a logistical issue. They were great together, but she didn’t want everyone at Scarlet to assume she got a promotion because she was dating a board member.
Adena and Kat’s relationship, on the other hand, had plenty of problems which took a toll on their personal and professional lives.
Maybe Adena did self-sabotage by blaming Kat for not feeling inspired and booking gigs, but there was some truth to it.
Both of them felt a little constrained in the relationship.
It’s only after Kat moved on from Adena did she truly embrace everything Adena taught her about herself and find herself feeling free.
Kat’s become more confident in not only her sexuality but also how she views herself as a mixed-woman living in America.
She even entered politics because of that confidence.
Sneaking behind Tia’s back to meet up with her ex paints Kat in a terrible light and sabotages any chance she has of winning this election since she obviously cannot do it without a campaign manager.
Kicking Tia to the curb now would be selfish considering how hard she’s worked. Not to mention Kat was the one who pursued Tia in the first place and asked her to stay when Tia handed her a list of replacements.
Jane brought Adena into the fold by hiring her as the photographer for the Pamela Dolan expose.
While they tried to keep the story under wraps, Dolan’s lawyers got wind of it and threatened to sue.
Jaqueline was very persuasive in promising to keep the girls and their image safe from scrutiny, but how can she promise something without being certain she can deliver?
If Dolan is as powerful as these girls claim, I doubt she’ll just go away because a handful of women came forward with claims.
And don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and important that they are taking back their power and saving other young women from a cycle of abuse, but I just don’t think they should be told that everything is going to be okay when there’s a chance it won’t be.
Alex put a few doubts in Jane’s mind about Pinstripe, but the scenes felt slightly odd.
It’s evident that Alex has many layers to him — some we still have yet to peel back– and makes a hilarious addition to girl gang, but I don’t understand what he was trying to achieve by critiquing Pinstripe’s book?
Also, when Jane mentioned an affair, the way Alex agreed with her made it seem like he was thinking of starting something with Jane while Pinstripe was out of town.
The whole thing gave off weird vibes.
Sutton was forced to break out of her comfort zone by allowing Richard to help her with her fashion design dreams.
We knew it was going to come down the sewing machine, which Sutton truly needed to succeed in her program.
Richard offered to buy her a really shnazzy one, but Sutton refused the kind gesture only hurting Richard’s feelings.
We later found out that because of her past, she doesn’t like to become reliant on other people for money, but in this case, it’s a compromise she’s going to have to make with her relationship.
I adore that Sutton wants to remain independent despite having a dude who is clearly way better off than she is.
The independence factor makes Sutton, Jane and Kat so relatable and such powerful figures for millennial women.
They don’t need men to buy them sushi, they bought their own damn sushi.
But it’s fine to occasionally let your significant other swoop in with a nice gesture.
In fact, it’s encouraged. Men still want to feel needed and important.
As far as The Bold Type Season 3 episodes go, I would say this has been my least favorite one only because it moved at a slower pace.
Next week’s episode focuses on election day — will Kat win the bid for City Council?
And will she enjoy celebrating with Tia by her side? Or will she risk it all for another shot with Adena?
That is if Adena even offers up a logical explanation for leaving her in Paris.
The Bold Type – Technical Difficulties (3×05)
Dinner parties can be a drag, but you know what makes them slightly more bearable?
Downing tequila shots while hiding out in a bathroom.
From the moment Sutton saw Richard’s emails about buying a lavish $2 million dollar home in Connecticut (I know he’s a board member, but Richard’s got BANK!), it was evident that the “let’s get to know each other’s friends” dinner party wasn’t going to end well.
Richard may be a cool 40-year-old, but his friends are uptight adults who do things like let their wine breathe.
A vast departure from Kat, Sutton and Jane — three twenty-somethings living in New York and probably drinking $2 wine from Aldi. Don’t knock it till you try it.
At the very least, they didn’t know what a decanter was or that wine even needed to breathe.
As the dinner progresses, things keep getting more and more awkward until one of the dinner guests refers to Sutton’s fashion design program as a “phase.”
Oh no she didn’t.
Sutton’s fierceness is one of the reasons why she’s a fan favorite.
Sutton made it very clear that pursuing fashion wasn’t a phase; her life in New York was only beginning and she was going to chase those dreams rather than retreat to a “suburban” area where the school districts were great, the commute was terrible, and the nightlife non-existant.
Her brutal honesty actually triggered the other dinner guest who had a bit of a mental breakdown and let her guard down as she admitted things weren’t as rosy as she made them out to be.
They always say the grass isn’t greener on the other side.
Our society thrives on showcasing picture perfect lives on display while tucking away all the messy, bad parts, but can you imagine what would happen if everyone was transparent about their struggles?
Perfection is non-existent.
Trying to give off the allusion that everything is perfect only hurts us in the long run.
The moment that “Hunter’s” friends let their guard down and allowed themselves to be real was the moment the true party started.
How I long for a world when people can just be themselves, wearing their imperfections like a badge the same way they do their successes, without having to feel ashamed or less than.
Sutton is living her truth and speaking her truth, which is one of the reasons we love her, and one of the reasons Richard does as well.
Richard seemed pleased that Sutton wasn’t turning into something she wasn’t simply to please his friends.
He fell in love with the woman she is, not the woman his friends think she is.
Admittedly, he made a misstep when he talked to Quinn about new homes instead of Sutton.
The series hasn’t shied away from the age gap between Sutton and Richard, but his shockingly young appearance allows us to forget that he’s actually a 40-year-old with an established career while Sutton is 26 and at the beginning of hers.
However, that doesn’t mean they can’t make this romance work.
There’s going to be hiccups for sure and compromise is going to be necessary, but it’s worth it especially since they tried living without each other before and were both miserable.
Sutton isn’t ready for a family just yet, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be in the next four years or so.
Thankfully, Richard is willing to wait because the promise of someday is better than never.
For a moment, when Sutton questioned if Richard can wait that long, I was scared the writers would separate them again and make us go through the dreaded “will they or won’t they phase.” I’m so glad that isn’t the case.
Sutton and Richard have grown from that and came out stronger. They know life without each other and it isn’t what they want.
If they were to go down that road again, the writers would have to end their relationship permanently. And nobody wants to take three steps back after moving one step forward.
The dinner party was also a drag for Kat and Jane.
Not only were they trying to be supportive friends, but they were also both dealing with their own situations respectively.
Jane was annoyed that Richard invited Patrick to the party because, well, she’s not really his number one fan.
Who can blame her? Patrick has plenty of irritating qualities — he’s pretentious, he keeps referring to the digital portion of Scarlet as the Dot Com, and he has come for Jaqueline on multiple occasions. No one comes for Jacqueline.
And I’m not going to lie, Jane’s blunt outburst about her drinking game based off of his annoying qualities was hilarious, even if it was a little out of line.
Patrick may not be a fan fave, but he took all the hate in stride and you have to give him some credit for that.
There’s a possibility that his relationship will Jane will actually flourish.
You know those people you just have to get used to? I think that’s Patrick. He means well though he doesn’t necessarily know how to express his thoughts in a way that doesn’t rub everyone the wrong way.
Part of me also thinks that Patrick is behind the hack at Scarlet. He seemed way too invested in the whole situation and knew all of the companies tech weaknesses.
And it sure seemed like he knew Jane’s email secrets as he riled her up to come clean.
I cannot wait for the upcoming episode where all the emails are leaked and major dirt is unleashed onto all of Manhattan.
Can you imagine people getting ahold of all your personal correspondences? We’ve all probably talked some mad shit about someone we’ve crossed paths with professionally even though we all know not to put that kind of stuff in writing.
I’m betting it’ll be equally as serious of an episode as it is hilarious.
As for Jane and Pinstripe, can I just emphasize how glad I am she chose him?
Ryan has really come out of his shell this season as he’s become a permanent staple in Jane’s orbit.
He’s good for her.
Hopefully, his impending book tour doesn’t sabotage their relationship.
Remember Jane, distance makes the heart grow fonder.
Jane also has to protect her source for her upcoming expose on Pamela, a fashion designer who allegedly abuses her models.
While Ingrid’s identity will undoubtedly be revealed, Jane has to find a way to spin her story so it doesn’t get shut down before she has a chance to tell it.
As for Kat, she’s fully channeled her heartbreak into her campaign.
And she has a real shot at winning.
Kat may be young, but she’s a refreshing political candidate who doesn’t have her head up her ass or isn’t just playing the old man’s game.
She wants to evoke real change, she wants a better future, and she wants inclusivity.
Yes, I may be trying to sway you to vote for Kat Edison.
The other candidates clearly feel she’s a threat to their campaign since they’re trying to minimize her as a “dorm politics” and purposefully call her a childish version of her real name to discredit her.
Kat’s answers to real issues were well-thought out, full of honest concern, and depleted of unattainable promises.
I hope the writers really treat us to a debate where Kat treats the men who underestimated her.
However, she won’t be able to succeed without her kickass campaign manager, Tia.
You have to give Kat credit for following her heart and putting herself out there even if it created a whole lot of awkwardness between her and Tia.
I don’t blame Kat for feeling confused. Despite Tia saying she’s a “boring straight girl,” she was giving plenty of mixed signals.
Maybe it’s because she was trying to be nice, but some of the comments didn’t seem innocent.
Even after she awkwardly shot Kat down, I fully expected her to knock on Kat’s door explaining that she felt some type of way for her.
What do you all think? Could Tia be bi-sexual or was Kat picking up the wrong vibes?
What did you think of the episode?
Will Sutton’s Julian Grant seminar set her up for success? Will Kat win the election? Will Jane be able to protect Ingrid and salvage her career before Pamela destroys her?
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